Fixed-Term Residential Lease
Clause 1. Identification of Landlord and Tenant
This Agreement is entered into between ____________________________________
(“Tenant”) and _________________________________ (“Landlord”). Each Tenant is
jointly and severally liable for the payment of rent and performance of all other terms of
Clause 2. Identification of Premises
Subject to the terms and conditions in this Agreement, Landlord rents to Tenant, and
Tenant rents from Landlord, for residential purposes only, the premises located at
(“the premises”), together with the following furnishings and appliances:
Rental of the premises also includes the following which are not covered in lease:
Clause 3. Limits on Use and Occupancy
The premises are to be used only as a private residence for Tenant(s) listed in Clause 1
of this Agreement, and the following minor children:
Occupancy by guests for more than ___________________ is prohibited without
Landlord's written consent and will be considered a breach of this Agreement.
Clause 4. Term of the Tenancy
The term of the rental will begin on __________, ____, and end on __________, ____.
If Tenant vacates before the term ends, Tenant will be liable for the balance of the rent
for the remainder of the term. Tenant must give 30 day notice prior to end of lease term
to notify landlord if tenant intends to move out or renew lease.
Clause 5. Payment of Rent
Regular monthly rent
Tenant will pay to Landlord a monthly rent of $__________, payable in advance on the
first day of each month. Rent will be paid to__________________________________
or at such other place as Landlord designates.
Delivery of payment.
Rent may be paid:
___ by mail, to ____________________
___ online (please provide email address)_____________________
Form of payment.
Landlord will accept payment in these forms:
E-Check (online payment), personal check, cashier's check, or money order
made payable to ____________________
Pro-rated first month's rent.
For the period from Tenant's move-in date ______________, ____, through the end of
the month, Tenant will pay to Landlord the pro-rated monthly rent of $_______. This
amount will be paid on or before the date the Tenant moves in.
Clause 6. Late Charges
If Tenant fails to pay the rent in full before the end of the _________ day after it's due,
Tenant will pay Landlord a late charge of $__________, plus $__________ for each
additional day that the rent remains unpaid. The total late charge for any one month will
not exceed $__________. Landlord does not waive the right to insist on payment of the
rent in full on the date it is due. If rent is late 3 times, landlord may terminate lease.
Clause 7. Returned Check and Other Bank Charges
If any check offered by Tenant to Landlord in payment of rent or any other amount due
under this Agreement is returned for lack of sufficient funds, a “stop payment” or any
other reason, Tenant will pay Landlord a returned check charge of $________.
Clause 8. Security Deposit
Receipt is hereby acknowledged of _____________as a security deposit for the faithful
performance of all the terms and conditions of this lease. Under no circumstances is
the said security deposit to be applied towards the last month’s rent. The security
deposit will be returned to the tenant only upon the occurrence of all the following
a. Payment of all rent due
b. The vacating of the premises in a clean condition
c. Return of all keys to the Landlord/Agent
d. Removal of abandoned articles
e. Furnishing a forwarding address to Landlord/Agent
After above conditions have been complied with tenant security deposit with an itemized
accounting of any charges or damages will be mailed to tenant, no later than thirty days
after the termination of this lease.
Tenant agrees to give landlord/agent thirty days advance written notice of vacating
premises and failure to do so shall constitute the forfeiture of the security deposit herein.
Clause 9. Utilities
Tenant will pay all utility charges except for the following: _______________________
Clause 10. Assignment and Subletting
Tenant will not sublet any part of the premises or assign this Agreement without the
prior written consent of Landlord.
Clause 11. Tenant's Maintenance Responsibilities
Tenant accepts the premises in its present condition and agrees to take good care of
the premises and to make no alterations, additions, repairs or improvements without the
prior written consent of landlord. Tenant agrees to report promptly, in writing, to
landlord/agent when any portion of the premises is out of repair, and to promptly
reimburse landlord/agent for any damage to the premises or furnishing thereof caused
by the negligence, misuse, or any other occurrence attributable to tenant, tenant’s
agents, family or guests. Tenant further agrees to be responsible for, at tenant’s
expense, stoppage of sewer facilities chargeable to tenant’s use of same for broken
water pipes due to freezing if a water cut-off has been provided. Tenent also agrees to
be responsible for ordinary maintenance such as fixing leaking faucets, timely changing
of air conditioner filters, repairing damaged air conditioners due to lack of filters or
clogged filters, maintaining the yard, shrubs, snow and ice removal etc., and keeping
same comparable to other lawns in the neighborhood.
Clause 12. Repairs and Alterations by Tenant
a. Except as provided by law, or as authorized by the prior written consent of Landlord,
Tenant will not make any repairs or alterations to the premises.
b. Tenant will not, without Landlord's prior written consent, alter, re-key or install any
locks to the premises or install or alter any burglar alarm system. Tenant will provide
Landlord with a key or keys capable of unlocking all such re-keyed or new locks as well
as instructions on how to disarm any altered or new burglar alarm system.
Clause 13. Violating Laws and Causing Disturbances
Tenant is entitled to quiet enjoyment of the premises. Tenant and guests or invitees will
not use the premises or adjacent areas in such a way as to: (1) violate any law or
ordinance, including laws prohibiting the use, possession or sale of illegal drugs; (2)
commit waste (severe property damage); or (3) create a nuisance by annoying,
disturbing, inconveniencing or interfering with the quiet enjoyment and peace and quiet
of any other tenant or nearby resident.
Clause 14. Pets
No animal, bird or other pet will be kept on the premises, except properly trained dogs
needed by blind, deaf or disabled persons and ____________________ under the
Clause 15. Landlord's Right to Access
Landlord or Landlord's agents may enter the premises in the event of an emergency, to
make repairs or improvements or to show the premises to prospective buyers or
tenants. Landlord may also enter the premises to conduct an annual inspection to check
for safety or maintenance problems. Except in cases of emergency, Tenant's
abandonment of the premises, court order, or where it is impracticable to do so,
Landlord shall give Tenant _____________ notice before entering.
Clause 16. Extended Absences by Tenant
Tenant will notify Landlord in advance if Tenant will be away from the premises for
_______ or more consecutive days. During such absence, Landlord may enter the
premises at times reasonably necessary to maintain the property and inspect for
Clause 17. Possession of the Premises
a. Tenant's failure to take possession.
If, after signing this Agreement, Tenant fails to take possession of the premises, Tenant
will still be responsible for paying rent and complying with all other terms of this
b. Landlord's failure to deliver possession.
If Landlord is unable to deliver possession of the premises to Tenant for any reason not
within Landlord's control, including, but not limited to, partial or complete destruction of
the premises, Tenant will have the right to terminate this Agreement upon proper notice
as required by law. In such event, Landlord's liability to Tenant will be limited to the
return of all sums previously paid by Tenant to Landlord.
Clause 18. Tenant Rules and Regulations
___ Tenants acknowledge receipt of, and have read a copy of, tenant rules and
regulations, which are labeled Attachment A and attached to and incorporated into this
Agreement by this reference.
Clause 19. Payment of Court Costs and Attorney Fees in a Lawsuit
In any action or legal proceeding to enforce any part of this Agreement, the prevailing
party ___ shall not / ___ shall recover reasonable attorney fees and court costs.
Clause 20. Disclosures
Tenant acknowledges that Landlord has made the following disclosures regarding the
___ Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and/or Lead-Based Paint Hazards
___ Other disclosures:
Clause 21. Authority to Receive Legal Papers
The Landlord, any person managing the premises, and anyone designated by the
Landlord are authorized to accept service of process and receive other notices and
demands, which may be delivered to:
___ The Landlord, at the following address: _________________________
___ The manager, at the following address:__________________________
___ The following person at the following address: ____________________
Clause 22. Additional Provisions
Additional provisions are as follows:
Clause 23. Validity of Each Part
If any portion of this Agreement is held to be invalid, its invalidity will not affect the
validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement.
Clause 24. Grounds for Termination of Tenancy
The failure of Tenant or Tenant’s guests or invitees to comply with any term of this
Agreement, or the misrepresentation of any material fact on Tenant’s Rental
Application, are grounds for termination of the tenancy, with appropriate notice to
tenants and procedures as required by law.
Clause 25. Entire Agreement
a. This document constitutes the entire Agreement between the parties, and no
promises or representations, other than those contained here and those implied by law,
have been made by Landlord or Tenant. Any modifications to this Agreement must be in
writing signed by Landlord and Tenant.
b. The failure of Tenant or their guests or invitees to comply with any term of this
Agreement is grounds for termination of the tenancy, with appropriate notice to tenants
and procedures as required by law.
Landlord Signature __________________Date_________________
Street Address ___________________________________________
City, State & Zip __________________________________________
Office Phone_______________________Cell Phone_______________________
Tenant Siganture ___________________Date___________________
Tenant Signature___________________ Date___________________
Phone ____________________ Work_______________Cell_________________
**Please call office phone and cell phone for plumbing, heating, or other emergencies.
For all other matters, please only call the office phone Monday through Friday 9:00 am
– 6:00pm. If we have not responded to your call within 24 hours, please call office and
cell phone. You may also email us 24 hours a day at email@example.com
**Renters insurance strongly recommended. Your personal belongings are not covered
under our insurance policy.